Characteristics of the Cohort

Characteristics of the NYU Women’s Health Study participants at enrollment

Subject characteristics

Number (%)

Age at enrollment (years)

 

   35 – 39

1,840 (13%)

   40 – 44

2,609 (18%)

   45 – 49

2,220 (16%)

   50 – 54

2,188 (15%)

   55 – 59

2,585 (18%)

   60 – 65

2,832 (20%)

Race/ethnicity1

 

   Caucasian

9,866 (79%)

   African-American

1,489 (12%)

   Latina

   771   (6%)

   Asian

   115   (1%)

   Other

   307   (2%)

Highest education1

 

   Some high school or less

   600   (5%)

   Completed high school

5,666 (49%)

   Vocational/technical school

   332   (3%)

   Completed college

2,539 (22%)

   Completed graduate school

2,442 (21%)

Body Mass Index (kg/m2)2

 

   < 20

1,160   (8%)

   20 – 24

7,308 (52%)

   25 – 29

3,882 (27%)

   > 30

1,812 (13%)

Smoking1

 

   Never

6,075 (48%)

   Former

4,188 (33%)

   Current

2,297 (18%)

Exercise regularly

 

   Yes

7,146 (50%)

   No

7,128 (50%)

Outdoor walking (hours/week)1

 

   < 1 hour

5,554 (45%)

   1 - 2 hours

3,768 (30%)

   3 - 4 hours

1,886 (15%)

   ≥ 5 hours

1,165 (10%)

Use of multivitamins2

 

   Yes

6,844 (49%)

   No

7,029 (51%)

1 Because these variables were collected on follow-up questionnaires rather than at baseline, data are missing for some participants (12% for race/ethnicity, smoking, and outdoor walking, and 19% for education).  Questions on smoking and walking referred to the baseline period.
2 Data missing for 3% (multivitamin use) and 1% (BMI) of participants.